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A What's What Guide To Curling Iron (2)

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Barrels of Fun
The size of the barrels determines the size of the curl created and, as would seem logical, the smaller the barrel the tighter the curl will be. Multiple-barreled irons are used to create long waves, or to create lots of bend and redirection in long hair lengths.
Typically speaking, you can find curling irons with barrels ranging in size from around .25 inches (0.6cm) to 2 inches (5cm). Smaller barreled irons are great for curling shorter hair lengths and creating generally tighter curls, while larger barreled curling irons are used for longer hair and creating large soft curls and waves.
{A good rule of thumb when wanting to know if a curling iron is sized right for your hair is to count the number of times you can fully wind the hair around the curling iron barrel. If your hair isn’t long enough to wind around the curling iron one and one-half times (at least) you should consider getting a smaller curling iron. This, of course, depends on the size of curl you want.}
Multiple-barreled tools can be disconcerting, especially when most people think of the way in which a standard, single-barrel iron is used. Most two- and three-barrel irons aren’t meant to create spiraled coils or overlapping curls. These are instead designed to be used to add bend and wave to the hair. They can be used in varying ways depending on the look desired, and the special features of each.
What to Look for:
There are a number of features you should look for in a curling iron if you go shopping for a new one. These are things that will make sure your choice is safe for your hair and for use in general:
Non-stick surface: the iron should feature a non-stick coating of some type – either a Teflon coating, or the newer mineral finishes (tourmaline and garnet are available) – this helps to prevent the hair from sticking to the surface of the iron and potentially becoming scorched.
Adjustable Temperature Settings: the iron should have an adjustable temperature feature, whether it’s a “low-medium-high” switch or an adjustable dial with a numeric range, since different hair types need more or less heat to be effectively curled.
Instant Heat or Ready Light: the iron may be one that heats instantly, making it quick to use. However, having one that heats more slowly but has an indicator light to signal that it’s ready is a good compromise.
Swivel Cord: the last thing you want is to constantly have to untangle the cord on your curling iron, especially if you have a lot of hair to curl. Choose an iron that has a swiveling cord, making it less likely to become tangled and get in the way.
Auto-Off Function: This is a safety function that is very important. Since most of us are always in a rush in the mornings (or whenever we’re getting ready) it’s good to have a curling iron that will shut itself off automatically if left unattended. This can save you on melted combs and brushes, or in a worst case, keep from burning your house down.
There are, of course, many other features that can be found on a curling iron, and these often have positive benefits, but the real determiner will be your budget. You will find curling irons that vary widely in prices, so it will be up to you to do your homework. Investigate cost versus features, read product reviews (preferably from customers who have bought and used the same product you are considering, and not those offered by magazines and the manufacturer’s websites) and choose the one you feel will work best for you.
Stacy - Hair Stylist     ©
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